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With the release of "Lost in Translation" ten years ago, everyone was finally forced to take Bill Murray seriously. Even the Academy finally noticed him and gave him a Best Actor nomination, the only one he's received so far.
By this time, he'd been paring down his craft for 30 years until, with the help of directors like "Translation"'s Sofia Coppola and "Rushmore"'s Wes Anderson, he'd achieved a kind of Zen purity. After that, he could choose to play the smartass clown (as in his early roles) or the serious thespian, or somewhere in between. With no agent and plenty of savings, he could pick and choose projects at whim and do only what he felt like doing. So even his lesser movies seemed like labors of love; after all, there must have been something personally appealing to him in those roles to coax him off the golf course. »
- Gary Susman
A world-weary Somerset Maugham began his last major novel, The Razor's Edge, with the lapidary comment: "Death ends all things and so is the comprehensive conclusion of a story, but marriage finishes it very properly too and the sophisticated are ill-advised to sneer at what is by convention termed a happy ending." Tell that to the would-be sophisticated authors of the endless cycle of dreadful marriage comedies currently filling our screens and don't be afraid to sneer.
Written and directed by Dan Mazer, Sacha Baron Cohen's chief collaborator, I Give It a Year opens with the most embarrassing wedding sequence ever contrived, including the worst best-man's speech in movie history, and proceeds to look at the first year in the ill-considered marriage of a blocked novelist and his wife, a supposedly successful PR person. Made by people desperately bent on putting the "lewd" into "ludic" and featuring a collection »
- Philip French
2 items from 2013
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